SchoolArts Magazine

September 2015

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38 SEPTEMBER 2015 SchoolArts E L E M E N T A R Y E xploring Pop Art concepts in class is a fun and inspirational way of connect - ing with students. The Ben-Day dots technique, which is most visible in the work of iconic artist Roy Lichtenstein, is a great way for students to learn an intriguing printing process, have fun doing it, and cre - ate colorful artwork that is lighthearted yet meaningful. Exploring this technique with art students is not only educational, but it's a great way to develop new perspectives on traditional artwork. What Are Ben-Day Dots? The Ben-Day printing process, named after illustrator and printer Benjamin Henry Day, Jr., is characterized by small, colored dots, which are spaced and overlapped to create an image. Pulp comic book publishers of the 1950s and 1960s used Ben-Day dots in the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) to inexpensively create shading and secondary colors. BEN- DAY DOTS Amber Gordon

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